Just three days after the polls close for the mid-term election, the first-in-the-nation presidential primary campaign will unofficially get underway on Friday as former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich returns to New Hampshire, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry returns on Sunday for a two-day visit.
Perry is not an announced candidate, of course, but he appears headed toward a run. He had to postpone a visit to the state in early October due to the Ebola situation in his state.
Perry is scheduled for six stops, three on Sunday, Nov. 9, and and three more on Monday, Nov. 10.
Ehrlich, who is also being mentioned as a potential 2016 candidate will headline the Strafford County Republican Committee’s “First Annual Red Dinner,” billed as a “celebration of GOP victories” in the midterms, at Cottage-By-The-Bay in Dover.
Meanwhile, Michael Dennehy, the state adviser to Perry’s group, Americans for Economic Freedom, said that on Sunday, the Texas governor will attend a reception with the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women in Concord, a reception with the Sullivan County GOP in Sunapee (we’re told this is pure coincidence!), and a reception with Dartmouth College Republicans in Hanover.
On Monday, Perry will attend the U.S. Marine Corps 239th Birthday Luncheon in Manchester, a Keene State College Republicans roundtable and a reception with the Cheshire County GOP in Keene.
And so, New Hampshire, we’re off and running toward 2016.
While Perry was unable to get to the state during the final push for the midterms, he was generous, contributing more than $60,000 from his political action committee to state GOP committees and candidates.